Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quote of the Week: Harriet Tubman

Quote of the Week is a new segment where I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes, whether they be from books or just something I find inspiring.

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
                                                                              -Harriet Tubman

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shuffle Saturdays 12: Sweet Disposition

Shuffle Saturdays is hosted by the girls at Pretty In Fiction, where you post a random song from your ipod each week. 

This weeks song is "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap. This is the only song of theirs I know but I really like it, it's calming. It was used in a commercial awhile back, which is how I first heard it.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Quote of the Week: Great Day Every Day

Quote of the Week is a new segment where I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes, whether they be from books or just something I find inspiring.

"Worry is to joy what a Hoover vacuum cleaner is to dirt: might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch."

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Shuffle Saturday 11: Deer in the Headlights

Shuffle Saturdays is hosted by the girls at Pretty In Fiction, where you post a random song from your ipod each week. 

This weeks song is "Deer In The Headlights" by Owl City. I love how upbeat and happy all of his  music is. It's impossible to be in a bad mood when listening to Owl City! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Title: Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
# Of Pages: 352
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Source: Library
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 5 Hearts



It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

My Verdict

I’ve seriously had this book from the library for eight weeks. It wasn’t until the day before it was due for the second time that I finally started it. I knew it was going to be good so I don’t know what took me so long to pick it up.

Once again author, Veronica Rossi, wastes no time diving right into the action, which I love! Since all the world building already took place in book one this book was able to focus more on the characters and developing their relationships with one another.

I wasn’t that big of a Perry fan in the first book but we really got to learn a lot more about him in this book and I started to like him a lot more! That said, Roar is still my favorite. He was a lot more prevalent in this book and we learned a lot about his past with Liv.

Once again the ending was both perfectly satisfying yet left you dying for the next installment!! When the third book comes out I won’t make the same mistake by letting it sit there for eight weeks, I’ll start reading while I’m still in the store.  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Quote of the Week: Karma

Quote of the Week is a new segment where I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes, whether they be from books or just something I find inspiring.

"I stand up. Stretch my arms out wide to the 
empty horizon. Do not be afraid of limitless 
possibilities. The desert is infinite to the eye
as love is to the heart."

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Shuffle Saturdays 10: I Fade Away

Shuffle Saturdays is hosted by the girls at Pretty In Fiction, where you post a random song from your ipod each week. 

Apparently, I don't seem like the kinda girl who listens to rock music because whenever my friends find out I listen to Pillar they're shocked. This is actually one of their tamest songs and also one of my absolute favorites!! They haven't released a CD in five years and I just found out they're reuniting this year for a new CD so I'm pretty stoked right about now =D

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review: Come Back To Me by Coleen Patrick

Title: Come Back To Me
Author: Coleen Patrick
# Of Pages: 187
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Source: Purchased
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts


(From Goodreads)

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.

My Verdict

I’ve been in a reading slump for the last couple weeks and really needed a good book to pull me out of it. Come Back To Me was just the right book. I read the first 80% without stopping then took a small break before returning to finish it off.

The story centers around Whitney, whose voice I really enjoyed. She was honest, believable, and easy to relate to.  Having recently lost her best friend, Whitney is still trying to figure out how to move on from her haunted past, and the best solution she’s discovered is to hide out in her bedroom, drinking. After hallucinating and passing out drunk next to a ditch at her friend’s graduation party, her parents decide to enroll her in rehab. When she gets out there are only 57 days left until she moves to Colton University to start a new life, a life where people don’t know her past. Now all she has to do is find a way to pass those 57 days. In order to fulfill some outstanding volunteer hours, Whitney starts to work at a little tea shop that she wanders into when following Evan, the mysterious boy who delivered her home drunk to her parents.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Whitney and Evan. Having been the one to bring Whitney home when she was completely trashed it would have been easy for Evan to judge her, but he doesn’t. He is super sweet and reaches out to her a few times before Whitney can bring herself to face him again. The one small issue I had was that I wished their relationship had been developed deeper. I feel like the background and building up to the relationship was really great but then once they went on a first date it was like vrrroom, everything flew by so fast and then the book was over.

Overall, this was a great contemporary romance with the additional substance of a girl struggling to overcome her best friend’s death, her drinking problem, and fix the strained relationship she shares with her parents. A great debut from author, Coleen Patrick, whom I look forward to seeing more from!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quote of the Week: Exposed

Quote of the Week is a new segment where I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes, whether they be from books or just something I find inspiring.

"Like an unprotected photograph
some friendships fade.
People grow apart, lose touch,
want different things.
Dreams, woven together,

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Shuffle Saturdays 9: Shout Unto God

Shuffle Saturdays is hosted by the girls at Pretty In Fiction, where you post a random song from your ipod each week. 

This weeks song is "Shout Unto God" by Hillsong United. My church worship team sings a lot of their songs so I inevitably looked them up and started listening to them directly.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book News: April Releases!

I apologize for the extremely long post! There are just SOOO many great book coming out this month that I'm excited about! So without further ado here they are...

COMING APRIL 1st . . .

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

If he had been with me, he wouldn't have died.
Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other's sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she's always wondered what if...

The night she's about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.


Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey

How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?

When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started.

Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?

In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?


Dead River by Cyn Balog

My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead. The Dead River.

I thought it was going to be just us.

I was wrong.

Nothing is what it seems in this creepy paranormal thriller by Cyn Balog. . .

COMING APRIL 16th . . . 

Taken by Erin Bowman

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?


The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestsellerThe Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1) by Stacey Kade

1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…


The Program by Suzanne Young

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

A charming and laugh-out-loud novel by Lauren Graham, beloved star of Parenthood and Gilmore Girls, about an aspiring actress trying to make it in mid-nineties New York City.

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works. Meanwhile, she dreams of doing "important" work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It's hard to tell if she'll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won't call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

What April Release are you most looking forward to??

Monday, April 1, 2013

Breathtaking Book Cover: Someday, Someday Maybe

Todays Breathtaking Book Cover is...

Someday, Someday, Maybe
Lauren Graham

Novels in Verse Challenge: April Linky List!

Hey everyone! We are now jumping into month four of the Novels In Verse Reading Challenge, and it looks like everyone is still going strong!

Want to win a copy of Sonya Sones verse novel set What My Mother Doesn't Know and What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know?
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